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Yeah, in a lot of ways they overlap. Since Babylon is the best for science, they're also really good in military, the best in culture, honestly, better than Egypt because YOU pass THEM in techs on harder difficulties rather than vice versa. It doesn't help to build wonders 20% faster if they are built 10 turns after you even get the tech. Babylon is also good in faith, if you want them to be, because, again, wonders. But Celts are probably the best. Other good for military are Greece and Mongols, and for diplomatic, Greece, Arabia, and Siam. Overall best definitely Babylon but Greece would be 2nd in my book. A lot of people think China is great, so here's a shout out to them.
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Military: Denmark, in my opinion. Greece seems good too. Culture: Dunno. Maybe Egypt, Mayans, or Aztecs. Diplomatic: Siam or Greece. Science: Babylon or Korea. Faith: Celts for sure. All-around Best: I might say Greece, based on my list. Their units are good, and their ability is crazy. It saves money that you would normally funnel to city states, allowing you to ally with more city-states or save it and buy infrastructure and troops. Not to mention the obvious bonus to diplomacy itself.
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Military: Germany - the best way to win conquest is to start early and their barbarian joining you bonus is so powerful, coupled with the 25 gold you get from camps and the lower unit maintenance you can overrun the entire map in no time.
Cultural Civ- Songhai - the mud pyramid mosques work really well particularly if you've got a sprawling empire and you can get appropriate culture bonuses to the mud pyramid mosques from your religion